Saturday, September 25, 2010
The book of the week was Think Like A Champion by Donald Trump. Good Book.
"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind."- Gordan Gekko
Last night I went to see the new Wall Street movie. In the original movie Gordan Gekko makes the quote above in one of his speeches. Surprisingly, I don't completely disagree with Mr. Gekko. (This should create some amount of shock because Gordan Gekko is a tyrant, a manipulator, and a thief) I agree with him on two accounts though... Life and Knowledge. I don't agree with being greedy for money, but I think you are a fool if you aren't greedy- "having an insatiable desire"- for life and for knowledge.
Say what you will about Donald Trump, but I think that he is greedy for both of these things. He has lived his life. He has had a tremendous amount of momentum in life to reach his personal goals. He has a thirst for life and knows exactly what he wants to do with it... and then does it. And while he conquers life, he also has an insatiable desire for knowledge. This book is a compilation of small essays written by Donald Trump about a myriad of different ideas. He writes about confronting fears, destiny, thinking positively, financial literacy, learning, and about 50 other ideas. Every essay is very well written and there is a tremendous amount of experience poured out onto the pages as well.
Trump writes in one essay about a conversation he had with a group of people when a gentleman spoke up and mentioned how powerful the Trump name had become. Donald Trump replied, "What's in a name." The man just laughed and said "in your case, a lot." Trump noticed the guy was a little out of the loop so he said "That's Shakespeare. What's in a name is a famous line from Shakespeare." The man, still perplexed asked "From what?" Even though Trump knew that it was from Romeo and Juliet, he said "Look it up. You might learn some interesting things along the way." I love the story. It shows a couple things. It shows that Trump is about as brash as they come and it also shows that he clearly has a greed for knowledge.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is famously quoted " Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." I like this quote. Trump writes about how important it is that you don't just follow in someone else's path, but instead find your own path and your own purpose. There are two parts to being greedy for life. One finding your purpose and two keeping up your momentum. Donald Trump sets aside quiet time each morning to center himself and focus on his path. Many of the other Greats throughout history have other techniques including taking walks or taking naps in the middle of their day. Find what will help keep you on your path and use it.
So is greed good? Yes. Greed focused on the right things is completely acceptable in my opinion. Find an insatiable thirst for knowledge and life and conquer the world, just like Mr. Trump. Make yourself a household name.
I liked this book. Trump has been around the block and that block happens to be real estate, of which I am very interested, so it shouldn't be to unusual that I want to know what he knows. I do recommend this book. It's a fun read with lots of fun content. As always, if you have any questions on the book don't hesitate to ask. I would be more than happy to help anyone that wants it.